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Square Deal Staff

At Square Deal Remodeling, our award-winning team of certified designers and craftsmen take pride in creating the ultimate remodeling experience. We always aim to meet your budget, needs, and preferences and exceed customer satisfaction.

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Jim Kreipe Kitchen Remodeler Jim Kreipe, Founder, CKD, CR

Jim Kreipe launched Square Deal Remodeling (SDR) in 1992 with an intention to provide trustworthy and professional remodeling services to his clients. He knew that with talented designers, focused organizational skills, and dedication to customer satisfaction, he could grow a business based on offering not only a better remodel, but a better remodeling experience.  With nearly 30 years of experience in residential remodeling, Jim understands his clients and is committed to their complete satisfaction.

Jim is a lifelong resident of Portland, and graduated Portland State University. He is a Certified Kitchen Designer (NKBA), and Certified Remodeler (NARI). He has been an active member in the Oregon Remodelers Association and ReFit, a non-profit organization specializing in projects for people with mobility issues. When away from work he enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time with his wife.

Chris Kreipe Remodel ContractorChris Kreipe, CKD, CBD, CR, Owner

Chris Kreipe has been around residential remodeling for most of his life. Born and raised in southeast Portland, his father Jim was constantly remodeling the family home, helping later to inspire a career in architecture and remodeling. Chris graduated Portland State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, later attaining certification as both a Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bathroom Designer from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Chris has also undergone training by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Certified Lead Renovator.

Currently, Chris is head draftsman for Square Deal, creating construction documents for all projects using advanced CAD software. He also assists design staff with project development, provides support for various project management duties, and helps develop and implement marketing opportunities for the company. He enjoys his free time with his wife and daughter, gardening, listening to music, and thinking of the next project to complete around his home.

Karen Sedwick Portland Kitchen DesignerKaren Sedwick, CKD, CBD

Karen Sedwick, CKD, CBD, is a National Kitchen and Bath Association member and has been with Square Deal since 2004. Karen graduated from the University of Portland with a Finance Degree, but was bitten by the remodeling bug after the purchase of her first home, a 1910 bungalow, and found a way to turn her true passion into a rewarding career. Karen enjoys the process of navigating her clients through the multitude of options involved with a remodeling project. She combines creativity and an eye for detail ensuring the clients’ wishes and desires are in the forefront.

Karen believes in close designer/client collaboration with a thorough planning phase. When the project is ready for construction her clients can be confident on choices, budget, and the end result: an amazing new space! One client put it best: “Karen…just don’t let us do anything stupid!” To this day, she has kept that promise to all her clients and has developed several award-winning projects over the years. Aside from her career, Karen enjoys running, cycling, and chasing after her son.

Angela Bacon Square Deal Office Manager

Angela Bacon, Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Angela Bacon is usually the friendly voice you hear on the phone when you call Square Deal. For nearly 20 years she has managed the front office, answered the phone, kept the books organized and coordinated great service on time and on budget for Square Deal clients. An integral part of the team, Angela has a comprehensive understanding of every step of the remodeling process helping to deliver superior service to make the remodeling process as enjoyable as possible.

Ed Meinig Project ManagerEd Meinig, Project Manager

Ed has been with Square Deal since the beginning. His passion for excellence and incredible hard work has been a driving force and has helped to shape the company into what it is today. Ed has been managing remodeling projects for over 20 years and has immense knowledge in remodeling and residential infrastructure. With a background in mechanical systems, electrical, and plumbing, Ed can be relied upon to fix just about anything.

Jeff Blake, Finish Carpenter/Cabinet Installer

Jeff is an expert cabinet maker and installer with many years of experience, joining Square Deal in 1996. His expertise and craftsmanship with cabinet installation, trim work, and finishes is top notch in the remodeling industry.

Eric Smith, Carpenter/Framer

Eric has vast knowledge in light wood construction and is often the lead carpenter on projects requiring framing of all types. Eric’s hard work and attention to detail is valued by everyone at Square Deal along with our clients.

Paul Schwada, Carpenter

Paul is a seasoned carpenter and drywall expert. He is often called upon to address issues with drywall or plaster, and is a dependable part of the Square Deal team.

Jennifer Taylor, Carpenter

Jen is a focused and determined carpenter who brings a passion for finish carpentry to the Square Deal team. She is always up for a new challenge and opportunity to learn new aspects of the carpentry trade.

Jason Jaeger, Carpenter

Jason is a capable finish carpenter with many years of experience in remodeling and construction. His attention to detail and can-do attitude are always a welcome addition to any project we complete.